VCS has revealed a range of new concept vehicles for the emergency services, based on the MAN TGE.
The vehicles use a new Ultra Low Floor Architecture (ULFA) platform, developed by VCA’s sister company Promech Technologies.
VCS says it offers a combination of strength, versatility and accessibility never seen in the emergency services sector before, enabling it to produce a new generation of front-line ambulance and police vehicles.
The vehicle has gross vehicle weights ranging from 3.5 - 5.0 tonnes, making it suitable for front-line ambulances and police support units, as well as fire, search, and rescue vehicles.
By using the ULFA platform, VCS has already been able to introduce Europe’s first 5.0-tonne front wheel drive, single rear wheel modular ambulance.
The new ULFA’s low floor gives VCS the ability to develop a wider range of configurations of emergency service vehicles, as it can increase interior space of the box body without compromising the overall height of the vehicle and delivering a lower centre of gravity overall.
Mark Kerrigan, managing director of VCS, said: “Our new ULFA low floor platform opens up a world of possibilities to both ambulance and police services, offering a solution that offers greater versatility while retaining our core values of lightweight and quality engineering. The ULFA has a great deal of potential, and we look forward to unlocking this with several new low floor vehicles in the near future.”
The first vehicle to use the new ULFA low floor platform will be unveiled later this year, in partnership with a major ambulance service.